The Borderway Team Show Support for the Great North Air Ambulance Service

Published on 4 October 2019

This July, Borderway Finance were once again proud to be the main sponsor of the 2019 Cumbria Autoshow which was held at Rosehill, Carlisle. The event attracted over 3,000 car enthusiasts from around the area and the Borderway team were on hand throughout the day to answer any car finance related questions.

The chosen charity for the event was The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), a pioneering charity which provides pre-hospital care to hundreds of severely injured or ill patients every year.

Mike Deans and Matt Dodd from Borderway Finance met Sophie Bendelow from the GNAAS to find out a little bit more about what they do.

Sophie told them “In 2018, the Air Ambulance Service was called out more than 1,500 times across Cumbria, the North-East and North Yorkshire, an area covering almost 8,000 square miles. To do so cost £5.1m. It comes as quite a shock to most people when we tell them that we are entirely reliant on charitable donations to keep our three helicopters flying. We don’t receive any additional funding from the NHS.”

Sophie’s work to raise the awareness of the GNAAS involves everything from attending schools to deliver presentations about the work undertaken by GNAAS to dressing up as their very own mascot “Miles the Bear” at the many events that take place across the north of England.

It’s thanks to people like Sophie raising awareness, and the donations made to the service that the GNAAS is able to continue to provide this valuable service to those who need it most.

At the Autoshow, the Borderway team ran a competition to set the fastest lap on a car racing simulator. It proved to be extremely popular and helped raise £250 in donations from those that took part. Even “Miles the bear” himself called in for a go. Although he didn’t set a flying lap!

If you’d like to find out more or if you’d like to make a donation, you can visit the GNAAS website which provides more detail on the incredible work they do.